18.08.2010 - 18.08.2010 27 °C
No alarm to jar us awake and I awoke naturally at 8:50 am. Margy was already up and typing on the laptop.
Slowly, I stretched myself awake. Breakfast of tea, muesli, yogurt, small piece of bread and cheese.
Did a little bit of packing as I would need to pack tonite anyways. I just hope that I can get most of it back into the suitcases. I did enjoy my shopping.
An hour after waking we were packed and off to the beach. Water was calmer today and yes, it was hot and sunny again. How tough is that. It's not a wonder that everyone looks happy and relaxed. Life is a constant vacation when you spend time laying on the beach. Of course it does help that we are minutes from the beach and everything else we may need.
We will stay here for an hour or two. I sat closer to the water's edge allowing the waves to roll over my legs. Slept on the beach even though I had not planned on it, it just kind of happens. Read, chatted and just looked around. Pure bliss. Michael used to say that everyone should be allowed to just lay on the beach all day. Wouldn't that be great, at least until one got tired of it.
Left the beach just after noon and went to the market to get some fruit. We bought apricots, nectarines, white and regular. I wanted raspberries and we got those as well. Everything smells so good. You can smell the herbs, especially the basil, the fresh fruit, varieties of tomatoes, ripening before you.
While walking past a store, I stopped dead in my tracks. Déjà-vu peut-être? It was love, pure and instant. A beautiful table cloth, yellow and red with olives. A perfect new table cloth. I also bought 8 napkins to match. I am in bliss over this, thank you Shopping Goddess. I didn’t even know that I was looking for a tablecloth until I saw it.
Even better is that my new table only cost 12€ and is big enough for my rectangular dinner table. A set of 8 napkins in red with olives on them for 14€ to match. All in all a wonderful purchase. Yeah I know I am really excited over this. I was saying to Margy this evening that I am glad I am the kind of person that gets really excited over simple things. It doesn’t have to be a big deal to thrill me and I hope I always stay this way.
Continued walking around and tried to go to Chez Thérèse in the market but she was done her socca for the day.
We then left the market part and walked to Old Nice which is right outside of the market. We went to Nissa Socca, a restaurant we have considered but not gone to, for lunch. Both started with bière each which was pricier here than some of the other places we have frequented. 4€ each and we usually pay 3€.
For lunch I had the Assiette niçoise which contained portions of pissaladière, socca, beignet of courgettes, ratatouille, roasted red peppers and salad. It was 12€ and perfect and exactly what I wanted. Thank you Margy for suggesting this item. Margy ordered the petit farcis niçois which came with eggplant, onion, tomato and zucchini stuffed with ground meat. Also 12€. We also had a carafe of water to keep ourselves hydrated. Great food at this restaurant. Really good service, fast and the place is nicely decorated and clean. Best toilette in Nice that we’ve been to.
Did a bit more shopping of course and went to the Gelateria right by the church we wanted to see.
Fortunately, the church, the Cathédrale Sainte Réparate that we had been wanting to go to, was open. Went inside and this to me was one of the most beautiful churches. It was similar to another one that we have seen and it may have been just the mood I was in, but I could have sat there for a long time. There was a real feeling of calmness and tranquillity. I felt really good being there.
Since it was our last day in Nice, I went to the gold pirate that is always close to our hotel and got my picture taken with him. By now it was nearly 4 pm and we still had places to see and go to. Went to run an errand for Margy and then headed towards the Nice cemetery.
On our way we saw the Acropolis as well as passed the Modern Art Museum. We also passed another unusual building which looked like a concrete box on a stand.
We passed another building that Napoleon Bonaparte slept in. He had resided there from March 27 to December 22, 1794. I had not previously known how much good he had contributed to France. It was because of him that roads were built and infrastructure was created. He also made it so that people could sell books and not charge or pay tax on it. Today there are still many second hand booksellers or bouquinstes set up along the banks of the Seine.
High up on the rock is a place known as Le Chateau which is where the ducs de Savoie built their castle which was torn down in 1706. At the north end of Le Chateau is the famous old graveyard of Nice. We got there just after 6 pm. The tombs are truly works of art with orante and intricate figures and designs and many if not most, were made of marble or slate. We went to the Christian/Catholic cemetery. We later came upon the Israeli one which was located next door but it was already closed for the day. The cemetary is the largest one in France.
We saw La Tour Bellanda which was erected in 1826 in the same location as the former Tour Saint Elme which was destroyed in 1706.
Lots of walking through this park and from the top we could see the incredible view of Nice and her beaches as well as the cityscape that appears in so many postcards and pictures. We continued along the path and then started down a series of steps which brought us to street level.
Walked through the market on the way to finding a restaurant for dinner. We ended up at the O’Palermo, a pizzeria. I had not yet had gnocchi in Nice. Margy ordered a pizza with olives and capers on it. I had the gnocchi with mushrooms and a cream sauce. I had wanted seafood with gnocchi but it doesn’t come that way as it doesn’t go. Oh well decisions. Food was really good and I got my gnocchi fix.
Saw some hip hop dancers perform and then after ice cream, yes another. It was hot, we are on vacation and I had a lemon with Ferrero Rocher in a cup. Margy had cookies and Ferrero Rocher.
Then back to our room and packed and organized. The Hotel Paradis was a great place to stay. Convenient and all the things you would need. Wifi, fridge, breakfast if you want it, a safe, tea kettle, fan, and tv. Great helpful staff and nice sized rooms.
Now laying around now and it is 11:00 pm. Reading up on Marseille as we go there tomorrow. It will be a very early morning.
I apologize if I am a little disjointed in my blogging but the bloggette is tres fatigee and in need of sleep now so bonne nuit.